Together for a brighter future
San Jose believes its citizens are its greatest asset. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is one of the wealthiest and most diverse communities in the US. However, many of the children and youth in low income and under privileged neighborhoods are not reaching their educational potential. One in three youth do not have a mentor and a role model in their lives. In San Jose we have a thriving population of adult’s 50 years and older who have a wealth of wisdom, experience, and compassion and who want to make a difference in kid’s lives and build stronger community.
With Generation to Generation campaign, the city of San Jose seeks to set a new standard for community involvement, particularly among those 50 years and older — to engage these retiring residents in methods that help tackle the city’s toughest problems. The older generation will specifically help youth and children, promoting these services as a core part of what it means to be a citizen in the most innovative city in the world.
Be a champion
The Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, is an advocate for advancing volunteer programs as an effective way to engage residents to improve San Jose and participate in addressing neighborhood issues.
In partnership with the mayor’s office and through various City volunteer programs and youth serving organizations, Gen2Gen campaign will serve as a conduit for adults 50 years and older to connect and find youth serving opportunities, to unleash their spirit of service, empower their creativity and leverage their professional expertise.
Opportunities abound — whether serving as a tutor in a public library, reading with a child, or helping to maintain a playground at a local park —you have many ways to connect.
School is back in Session
Many students in San Jose, especially low-income students, do not reach their reading potential by the end of the third grade.
Join the San Jose library to change the narrative so that all kids can thrive:
Help young students with their homework in a range of subjects. Coach students in groups of one to four and assist with enrichment activities. You can also lead Homework Clubs.
Encourage the joy of reading to a small group of children by reading aloud.
For more information, contact your local branch.
Do you love math? OneInMath volunteers develop valuable leadership and negotiation skills in a fun environment.
Visit this link for a complete list of current volunteer opportunities by branch.
Find Opportunities in San Jose
Find hundreds of stipended and volunteer opportunities — perfect for adults 50+ and focused on helping kids thrive — in San Jose through our partnership with VolunteerMatch.View All Opportunities
The Bay Area Tutoring Association is a dynamic academic support and enrichment 501c(3) organization designed to complement our education system. We are a collective of educators, tutors, parents, students, community members, grass roots organizations and business leaders with a shared desire to invest in the future prosperity of the San Francisco Bay Area through the facilitation of student academic development, parent empowerment, and high quality extended learning program.
Citizen Schools equips young people with the skills, access, and beliefs they need to thrive as students and succeed as adults in the modern world. We envision a world in which schools, companies and families partner to provide students with a set of real world learning experiences that set them on a path to college and career success.
Somewhere in Bay Area, a child impacted by chronic illness is hoping to learn the skills that YOU have to offer. With just 1 hour a week, for 8 weeks, YOU can make a difference in
that student’s life by coaching them in an art or athletic activity of your choice. All matches are made in a 1-on-1 or group setting, and are tailored to fit your background as a volunteer, according to your activity interests, location, and time
By harnessing the power of service and sports, Coaching Corps recruits, trains and
supports thousands of volunteers who create opportunities for kids to
participate in high-quality afterschool sports programs that allow them to
embrace a healthy lifestyle and reach their full potential.
East Valley Family YMCA enriches kids, adults, families and
communities through health, fitness and wellness programs, licensed child care,
camps, family programs, swimming and aquatics, and other activities for people
of all ages and abilities.
At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with core values
of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we
Educare California at Silicon Valley is the first model early learning in the state, focusing on giving the best start to children ages 0 – 5 years. We narrow the opportunity gap for low income children in East San Jose by supporting the social, emotional, math, and language skills development that they need to be successful in school and in life.
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, an organization that funds programs for children and their families, exists to ensure children are healthy and prepared for school.
iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empowers first generation students from low income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. By partnering with public schools and matching every 11th and 12th grade student in the school with a mentor, iMentor leverages the community to reimagine how public high schools support young people through the college process.
Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that provides literacy intervention programs at elementary schools in low-income communities. At each school, our program transforms a classroom into a Reading Center, and recruits community volunteers from all walks of life to serve as one-on-one tutors for struggling student readers. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results
To build healthy communities through people, parks and programs
Volunteering at the library is a great way to use your talents, provide valuable service to the community, learn new skills and meet great people.
The mission of the Santa Maria Urban Ministry is to provide our community with a safe, welcoming place for basic services that meet short-term needs and to promote permanent,
uplifting transformation for client families through education, service and
Join the San Jose Generation to Generation Movement
Whether you are a youth serving organization, an organization working with adults 50 years and older, or if you are an adult 50 + with skill and passion for volunteering, join the San Jose Generation to Generation movement where inter-generational relationships are leveraged and celebrated for building a stronger communityLet's Connect